Prostate warning

Candis health editor, Karen Evennett shares the latest health update…

man Men are being warned to avoid high dose selenium and vitamin E supplements because of the risk that they could increase the risk of prostate cancer. The advice comes after a 12-year study that set out to determine whether the supplements could protect against the disease had to be stopped five years early when researchers saw there was no protective effect and some men were put at greater risk by the treatment. Men who already had high levels of selenium when they joined the study saw their risk of high-grade cancer soar by 91 per cent when they took 200mcg daily supplements of it, while those with low levels had a 111 per cent greater risk of high-grade cancer when they took the 400iu daily vitamin E supplements. The bottom line – researchers say that although there appear to be no risks from taking a standard multivitamin, high dose single supplements are unpredictable, complex and often harmful.

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